When did UTZ Certified start?
In the 1990s two business partners, Nick Bocklandt a Belgian-Guatemalan coffee grower and Ward de Groote a Dutch coffee roaster, initiated the idea of the UTZ program.
Since 2007 UTZ Certified has developed sustainability models for
In the 1990s two business partners, Nick Bocklandt a
Belgian-Guatemalan coffee grower and Ward de Groote a Dutch coffee
roaster, initiated the idea of the UTZ program. Nick took a
responsible approach to growing coffee taking care of his people
and the environment. Ward saw an opportunity to increase the small
number of this customers buying product based on good practice and
sustainable quality. Together they initiated the UTZ program to
implement 'sustainable quality' on a large scale.
They chose the name "Utz Kapeh", which means "good coffee" in the
Mayan language Quiché. An office was opened in Guatemala City in
1999 and in 2002 the head office was opened in The Netherlands.
Since the market launch in 2007, UTZ Certified has grown to be one
of the leading sustainable coffee programs worldwide. Based on this
success, UTZ Certified developed sustainable models for tea and in
2007 it developed one for cocoa, it also provides traceability
services for RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) certified
sustainable palm oil, and the Better Cotton Initiative. In March
2007, Utz Kapeh updated its name to 'UTZ Certified' to reflect
the wider range of commodities in the UTZ program.
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